While COVID-19 has changed the ways we gather, celebrate, and honour one another, it has not changed the way our neighbours step up to support each other in times of crisis.
From making essential grocery trips for immunocompromised neighbours, to making wellness phone call checks for seniors, to helping newcomer families access the support services they need—volunteers have come together now when we need them the most.
Early in the summer of 2020, in collaboration with United Way East Ontario, we sent out a call for nominations to honour local volunteers who stepped up in this time of need. Together, we recognized five outstanding COVID Heroes with Community Builder Awards to honour the incredible work they did to support their communities and the most vulnerable people within them throughout the pandemic.
In September, we chose to honour eight more remarkable volunteers who uplifted their community during COVID-19—showing constant selflessness and care during unprecedented times. Later, in November, United Way honoured six more local community builders who have volunteered in support of their communities. Unlike the initial COVID-19 Heroes CBA presentations, we arranged one surprise Zoom call where recipients were surprised with a Community Builder Award, and were joined virtually by their closest family, friends, colleagues, and supporters.
As the pandemic presses on, we’re proud to introduce you to six more incredible community builders. With the help of these changemakers and their unwavering support for their community, more people across our region feel connected, nourished, comfortable, encouraged, safe, involved, and heard.
Over the coming week, Apartment613 will share stories about these six new Community Builder Award recipients, so stay tuned on our blog and social media for posts about each winner.
Without further ado, the new roster of Community Builder Award recipients are:
We thank everyone who took the time to nominate these everyday heroes and we thank you, community builders, for your exceptional contributions. Do you know a community builder who has gone above and beyond to support their communities through COVID-19? The Community Builder Awards program accepts nominations year-round!